Professional life in child and adolescent mental health services may be getting more complicated, but cases are not

  • Thompson A
  • Nadkarni A
  • Nazir S
  • et al.
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Abstract

Aims and method: In 2006, staff in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Lincolnshire, UK, felt that cases were becoming increasingly complex. The Pearce Case Complexity Scale (PCCS) and a staff opinions questionnaire were used to measure subjective and objective changes in case complexity in a relatively stable CAMHS service over a 10-year period from 1996 to 2006, with data examined between 2008 and 2010. Results: Clinicians reported an increase in case complexity over time. However, the PCCS did not show a significant change in the decade studied. Clinical implications: Staff anxiety could be a determinant of judgements they make about case complexity in CAMHS.

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Thompson, A. E., Nadkarni, A., Nazir, S. A., Sorour, W., Owen, V., & Buggineni, S. K. (2013). Professional life in child and adolescent mental health services may be getting more complicated, but cases are not. The Psychiatrist, 37(10), 326–330. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.112.040857

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